In partnership with Northern Virginia Community College, the TESOL Training for English Faculty from the Federal Network of Professional and Technological Education Institutes of Brazil provided a total of 74 Brazilian educators with the opportunity to build a mutual understanding of the English language through a non-degree program of academic and cultural studies.
High-school and collegiate English teachers, from 24 out of the 26 regions in Brazil, completed a nine-week training program to learn how to teach English as a second language in their home country. Through language acquisition theory and practical application, the visiting educators completed 140 hours of TESOL training from NOVA's American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI) faculty on English teaching methodologies, such as reading, writing, speaking, project-based learning methods, technology, punctuation and accessing English language proficiency.
As an English teacher in Campo Grande Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil, Leticia Cavalcante first visited the United States when she was 16, and was eager to return. With 15 years of teaching experience, Cavalcante said she feels confident in sharing her extensive training on English teaching methodologies with her Brazilian colleagues and students.
“Interacting with NOVA students and observing different teaching styles from faculty has truly been a rewarding experience and a great opportunity for all of us,” said Cavalcante. “I enjoyed learning about American culture and experiencing so many wonderful things and people this country has to offer.”
In addition to attending the TESOL training courses at NOVA’s Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) on the Woodbridge Campus, the educators also gave presentations and observed several ESL and liberal arts classes on each of NOVA’s six campuses. As part of the comprehensive training program, 20 of the 140 hours were spent on local excursions to learn about American history, education and culture. A closing reception was held at the RCWET on March 17 to award educators a certificate of completion.
“From January 17 to March 17, we wanted to make sure that each of our Brazilian educators was exposed to the American culture they were learning about in their training sessions,” said Stacey Bustillos, associate director of the Office of International Students and Sponsored Programs. “Over the course of nine weeks, they visited elementary and high schools in Prince William County, met with NOVA students, faculty and staff, went on field trips to Jamestown, Williamsburg, Mount Vernon and Washington D.C. We even hosted a Super Bowl watch party in February.”
The TESOL Training for English Faculty from the Federal Network of Professional and Technological Education Institutes of Brazil program was administered by the Community College Consortium, on behalf of the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). In April 2012, NOVA signed a memorandum of understanding to support the Science Without Borders initiative, a program aimed to boost Brazilian science, technology, innovation and competitiveness through the expansion of its students’ international mobility, at the Brazil-U.S. Partnership for the 21st Century summit in Washington, D.C.
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